Vincent F. Cornelius of Wheaton is the principal of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, a practice with a focus in civil and criminal litigation, with satellite offices in Joliet. He began the practice of law in 1989 as an Assistant State's Attorney in DuPage County. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was an associate attorney with the Law Firm of James D. Montgomery and Associates in Chicago. Vince received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1989. He received his B.B.A. degree from the University of St. Francis. He has been honored with the Outstanding/Distinguished Alumni Award from both universities. Vince's service to the Illinois State Bar Association includes the following: Board of Governors (1999-2002, 2011-present); Assembly (1999-2002, 2011-present); standing committees on Budget and Audit (2012), Judicial Evaluations–Outside Cook County (2001-present), and Scope and Correlation (2011-present); special committees on Capital Punishment (2002), and Membership Enhancement (2011-present); chancellor, Academy of Illinois Lawyers (2006-07); Academy of Lawyers Board of Regents (2002-2007). Illinois Bar Foundation: president (2008-2010); Board of Directors (2000-2012); IBF Gold Fellow. Other associations and recognitions: Illinois Legal Needs Study II Committee; Governor's Criminal Law Edit Alignment and Reform Commission (2004-2012); NIUCOL Alumni Council (1998-present); National College for DUI Defense; Cook County State's Attorney's C.F. Stradford Award (2009); NIUCOL Outstanding Service Award (2005); NIUCOL Outstanding Alumni Award (2010). Issues Statement: As ISBA president, I will be prepared to lead and committed to honoring the tradition of our Association, while ensuring that we are accessible and relevant to the growing number of Illinois lawyers.
Carl R. Draper, Springfield. Partner at Feldman, Wasser, Draper, and Cox in Springfield, practicing federal civil rights, administrative law, and employment law since 1987. Prior employment: Quinn/Johnston (1981-1982) practicing insurance defense; Assistant Attorney General (1982-1984); and Legal Counsel to Governor Jim Thompson (1984-1987). B.S., Bradley University (1976); J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (1981). Admitted Illinois, U.S. Seventh Circuit and U.S. Central and Southern Districts. ISBA activities: Board of Governors (2006-2012); Assembly (2001-2006); standing committees on Budget and Audit (2007-2008, 2010-2012), and Scope and Correlation (2007-2008, 2009-2012). He was one of the founding co-chairs for the Committee on Strategic Marketing (2004-present). He was on the Planning Committee for Expanding the Solo & Small Firm Conference (2004-2006); Special Committee on ISBA Member Economics Survey (2003-2004) and Task Force on Illinois Lawyer Finder (2011-2012). He has been a participant in several other committees including Allerton House and Future of the Courts conferences. Illinois Bar Foundation: Silver Fellow and Lincoln Society charter member. He was elected as a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2012. Writings and presentations include authorship in ISBA's Administrative Law Handbook (2006); and speaker at seminars conducted by ISBA, ARDC and federal courts. He is on the Board of Directors of the Sangamon County Bar Association, and serves on the Committee for Local Rules for the United States District Court, Central District of Illinois (2005-present). Issues Statement: My service will focus on a return to members first including the delivery of quality member benefits, and an active agenda promoting ISBA.
Deane B. Brown, Chicago. Partner at Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, concentrating in commercial litigation, employment law and professional responsibility. B.A., The Johns Hopkins University; M.Phil., University of Cambridge, England; J.D., Boston University School of Law. ISBA activities: Assembly (2011-present); Assembly Rules and Bylaws Committee (2011-present, current chair); Bench and Bar Section Council (2012-present); standing committees on Professional Conduct (2001-2006, 2008-present, chair 2005-2006); Supreme Court Rules (2007-2012, vice-chair 2011-2012, secretary 2010-2011); and Legislation (2009-2010). Other activities: Chicago Bar Association; Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; immediate past president, Women's Bar Association of Illinois; past president, Professional Women's Club of Chicago; founding member, Exclusive Professional Women's Networking Group. She writes an ethics column for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, has published in the Illinois Bar Journal and has given numerous CLE presentations on ethics for IICLE, Law Bulletin Seminars, CBA and Law Seminars International. In November 2012, she was recognized in Leading Lawyers Network magazine-Women's Edition as among the Top Ten Women Lawyers in Illinois among all practice areas. She has been married for almost 20 years to Steve Eisenstein and is the proud mother of a teenage daughter, Morgan. Issues Statement: I strongly support the retention and advancement of women and minorities in the legal profession and believe the ISBA should actively promote diversity. I would also like to see the ISBA increase its involvement in mentoring, training and assisting young lawyers in their career and business development. I strongly believe in professional networking and hope the ISBA will increase its efforts to build referral networks among its members and in conjunction with other bar associations.
Al Durkin, Chicago. Partner, Miroballi, Durkin & Rudin, LLC. Principal areas of practice: catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, construction negligence, transportation and premises liability. B.A., Public Administration, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, (1974); J.D., DePaul University School of Law (1977). Admitted Illinois (1977); Northern District of Illinois (1977). ISBA activities: Member since 1977. Assembly (2000-2006, 2008-present); chair, Assembly Finance Committee (2009-2010); Tort Law Section Council (2001-present, current secretary); standing committees on Judicial Evaluations–Cook County (2001-present, co-chair 2011-present), and Personnel (2009-2011). Regular speaker and contributor to Tort Law Section CLE and Tort Trends publication. Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation. Memberships: CBA, ITLA. Awards and Recognitions: Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, Super Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell AV Rated. Issues Statement: Being elected to our Board of Governors would be the culmination of my legal career. I speak for fairness and inclusion. Let me be your voice. Leaders lead by example with a firm hand and an open mind. I believe myself to be a leader and would consider it an honor to serve my brothers and sisters of the ISBA.
Karen A. Enright, Chicago. Incumbent. Karen Enright is a partner at McNabola Law Group. She is a successful trial lawyer and has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars for numerous cases involving medical negligence and personal injuries. B.A., Loras College, cum laude; J.D., The John Marshall Law School. ISBA activities: Board of Governors (2010-present, treasurer 2011-2012); Assembly (1999-2002, 2007-2010); standing committees on Amicus (2002-2006, 2008-2009, 2010-present), Budget and Audit (2011-2012), Investments (2011-present), Legislation (2002-2003, 2005-2012), and Scope and Correlation (2012-present); and the Tort Law Section Council (1997-2006, 2009-present). Co-chair, Illinois Bar Foundation event "A Taste of France". She is past president of the Women's Bar Association; associate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; Alumni Board of Directors at The John Marshall Law School; former member of the Board of Directors for The Society of Trial Lawyers; and on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Frequent lecturer and speaker for ISBA and IICLE seminars, and author of various Tort Trend articles. Testified as an expert witness in front of the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the ISBA and ITLA on the subject of Senate Bill 1724, and for ISBA on prejudgment interest. Selected as Top 10 Women Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network. Recipient of the ISBA Board of Governors Award in 2009.
Celia Gamrath, Chicago. Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division. Judicial Education Faculty. Former partner of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck. B.S. Business, Indiana University; J.D. cum laude, The John Marshall Law School. ISBA activities: Board of Governors, Under 37 Cook County (2005-2008); Assembly (1998-2004, 2008-present); Standing Committee on Women and the Law (2000-2005, chair 2003-2004); Bench and Bar Section Council (1997-2001, 2009-present); Special Committee on Judicial Disqualification Standards (2012-present); Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law; Young Lawyers Division (1998-2006); founder, YLD annual volunteer day at Greater Chicago Food Depository. Long-time IBF Fellow. Former member of the Board of Directors, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and Chicago Bar Foundation. Past president, Justinian Society; past co-chair, CBA Alliance for Women; co- founder, Women Everywhere Project. Current secretary, The John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees. Author, many articles in Illinois Bar Journal and Chicago Lawyer Magazine. Recipient: ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award; (five-time) ISBA Lincoln Writing Contest; CBA Alta May Hulett Award; John Marshall's Distinguished Service Award; and Law Bulletin's 40 Under 40. Listed in Best Lawyers in America and the Top 50 Women Illinois Lawyers. Mother of Caroline (9) and married to Rob (Assembly member and YLD chair). Issues Statement: As a judge and former partner of Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck, with experience on the ISBA Board of Governors, Assembly and multiple section councils, I bring a breadth of different experiences to ISBA leadership. It is my mission to increase growth and diversity of ISBA membership, contain costs and maximize membership benefits. Having worked closely with ISBA members for eighteen years, I have a strong sense of how to achieve our goals of enhancing the image of lawyers and judges and making the practice of law more civil, efficient, profitable and satisfying.
Mark L. Karno, Chicago. Incumbent. Principal of The Law Offices of Mark L. Karno and Associates, a five (5) attorney law firm with offices located in Chicago and Aurora. Practice primarily consists of plaintiff personal injury and petitioner workers compensation claims, along with some general civil litigation and transactional matters. B.S. Finance-High Honors, University of Illinois, Champaign (1979); J.D., I.I.T./Chicago-Kent College of Law (1982). Admitted Illinois (1982); Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1984); U.S. District Court N.D. Illinois (1982); and Trial Bar (1985). ISBA Activities: Board of Governors (2012-present); Assembly (2010-present); Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (2007-present, chair 2011-2012); Insurance Law Section Council (1995-2004, chair 2002-2003); Tort Law Section Council (1992-present); Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations–Cook County (1998-2000); member, Allerton House Conference steering committees (2008 and 2011); co-chair, 2013 Allerton House Conference. Frequent contributor to and former co-editor of ISBA's Tort Trends (1999-2003); frequent lecturer and moderator at ISBA seminars. Testified before the state legislature regarding ISBA sponsored legislation. Gold Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Chicago Bar Association: past chair of two sub-sections of the Civil Practice Committee (1995-1996, 1997-1998). Member of ITLA, AAJ, The National Trial Lawyers and Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Law & Politics magazine Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2013; member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Past president of two condominium associations where I have resided. Issues Statement: It is my goal to see the Illinois State Bar Association strive to pursue more lawyer-friendly legislation through encouraging more member-initiated proposals in the various section councils and standing committees. I also want to see more outreach to younger members of the bar.
Pamela J. Kuzniar, Chicago, limited her practice to family law in 1998 after having amassed diverse practice experience including bench and jury civil trials, criminal litigation, as well as transactional experience involving corporate and partnership dissolution, estates, trusts and mediation. B.S., Loyola University of Chicago (1980); J.D., Loyola University School of Law (1991). Admitted Illinois (1991); Northern District of Illinois (1991); U. S. Supreme Court (2003). ISBA activities: Assembly (2007-present); Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee (2012-present); Family Law Section Council (2001-present, CLE Coordinator 2007-present) organizing and planning dozens of quality programs for membership benefit including coordinating joint programs with other sections and committees, and obtaining sponsors for out-of-state programs. Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation. Ms. Kuzniar is also a member of the American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and DuPage County Bar Association. Cook County Child Representative Certification (2006). Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2007). Ms. Kuzniar is also the author of CLE materials and presenter at CLE seminars sponsored by the ISBA, DCBA, LCBA, NBI, and Circuit Court of Cook County. Illinois Super Lawyer; Illinois Leading Lawyer and AV rated with Martindale Hubbell. She is married and the mother of three girls, two adult daughters Pamela and Kate and four year old Sophia. Issues Statement: The ISBA serves its membership by providing mentoring, continuing legal education and access to electronic legal research, thereby allowing its members to adapt their practice to accommodate societal changes. I would like the opportunity to apply my creativity and hard work ethic to create further opportunities within the ISBA to address the needs of new and seasoned practitioners, and facilitate our members' ability to meet the ever changing needs of our clients.
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Chicago. Clifford Law Offices, Communications Partner. B.S.J., M.S.J., Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism; J.D., Loyola University School of Law. Admitted Illinois (1984); Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1987). ISBA activities: Editorial Board, Illinois Bar Journal (2009-present). Co-chair Host Committee, Illinois Bar Foundation Annual Gala (2006). Chicago Bar Association: Judicial Evaluation Committee; Record Editorial Board; co-chair, Pro Bono Week Committee (2006). American Bar Association: Task Force on Human Trafficking; Standing Committee on Strategic Communications; Host Committee, Annual Meeting (2009, 2012); chair, Section of Litigation Media Relations Committee (2001-2002); chair, Unpublished References Committee (2002-2003); chair, Printed Materials Committee (2003-2004); chair, Written Materials Committee for Annual Meeting (2004-2005); Litigation Magazine Editorial Board (2002-present); Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Chicago Bar Foundation: founding committee member (2009); Marketing Committee (2010). Planning Committee, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Annual Big Band Barristers Ball (2010). Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Committee (2001-present); Advocates Society Board of Directors; Board of Governors, Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. Recipient, 2010 Burton Award for Legal Writing. Issues Statement: Through my work in various bar associations, I, by example, demonstrate the importance of involvement. Bar associations work in conjunction with one another and should not be viewed as competing for a lawyer's time or dues. Networking and collegiality allow members to meet others who can offer counsel and mentoring, a necessity in today's practice of law. ISBA keeps lawyers on top of the latest case law developing in a multitude of practice areas. ISBA membership provides free CLE to help keep abreast of developments in the practice of law. Through my experience in marketing and communications, I can add a dimension to the Board of how to communicate and educate members and non-members about the necessity of joining ISBA.
Timothy E. Moran, Chicago. Officer in the law firm of Schmidt Salzman & Moran, Ltd. where he has practiced since 1988 in the field of real estate taxation. B.S., DePaul University; J.D., DePaul University. ISBA activities: Assembly (2008-present); chair, Assembly Finance Committee (2011-present); standing committees on Personnel (2011-present); Bar Elections Supervision (2009-2010); and Legislation (2007-present); Task Force on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (2004-2010, 2011-2013, vice-chair 2008-2009); State & Local Taxation Section Council (1996-present, chair 2001-2002); Illinois Lawyers' Political Action Committee (2011-2013). Chicago Bar Association: Board of Managers; member and former chair, Real Estate Tax Committee; former chair, Legislation Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Civic Federation and serves as co-chair of its Property Tax Committee. He is an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School where he teaches state and local taxation of Illinois real estate, and is chapter co-author and editor of the 2012, 2008 and 2005 editions of Real Estate Taxation published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has participated in seminars for the ISBA, CBA, Kane County Bar Association and IICLE. He is an elected member and former president and vice-president of the Board of Education of Geneva Community Unit School District 304, the current chair of the Geneva Ethics Commission, and an elected member and past vice-president of the Geneva Library Board. He previously served as elected treasurer of the City of Geneva, Illinois.
J. Damian Ortiz, Chicago, is a Clinical Professor at The John Marshall Law School where he teaches fair housing, lending, civil rights and legal writing. B.S., Loyola University Chicago; J.D. and L.L.M., John Marshall. He has dedicated his legal career to teaching, public service, and representing victims of civil rights discrimination. He supervises staff attorneys and law students at the nationally renowned housing legal clinic, and litigates numerous civil rights cases in administrative, state, federal, and appellate courts and federal circuit courts. One of his most noteworthy cases is Lackey v. Godinez, 815 N.E.2d 822 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2004) which provided low income families with a source of income discrimination protection. ISBA activities: Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations–Cook County (2003-present). Professor Ortiz serves as an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois; Hispanic National Bar Association; American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee; and the Clinical Legal Education Association. Activities include Coordinated Advise and Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), and Minority Legal Education Resource Volunteer (MLER). He serves on the boards of Public Interest Law Initiative; Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation; Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois; and St. Augustine College. A renowned civil rights national speaker, trainer, television and radio guest, he frequently speaks and volunteers for ISBA and IICLE. He authors chapters for IICLE and informational brochures for consumers on foreclosure rights. Professor Ortiz has received numerous awards for his community service and dedication to civil rights. Issues Statement: Encourage students and new admittees to join the ISBA and emphasize the importance of interacting in the legal community. I motivate current members to serve and contribute to the ISBA to have a dynamic and diverse organization.
David B. Sosin, Orland Park, the founding partner in the Orland Park firm of Sosin and Arnold, Ltd., has served his clients in his private commercial practice for 40 years. B.S., University of Illinois; J.D., Northwestern University (1972). ISBA activities: standing committees on Bar Services and Activities (1992-2000, 2004-2012, chair 1998); Minority and Women Participation (1992-1996, chair 1995); and Insurance Programs and Services (1993-1995, 1997-2009, chair 2002). He has also served on bar leadership programs for affiliated bar associations. He is the past president of the Illinois Bar Foundation; Board of Director of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company; and past president of the Southwest Bar Association. David has served as a facilitator for the Illinois Supreme Court Town Hall meetings on Professionalism, and has spoken at numerous ISBA educational programs including the People's Law School and Solo and Small Firm conferences. He has been honored as a 2011 Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers, and received an ISBA Board of Governors Award as well as the Chicago Bar Association's David Hilliard Award for Committee Service. His community service includes election to the District 146 Elementary School Board and District 228 High School Board of which he served as vice-president. He serves as general counsel to the Southwest Suburban Home Builders Association and the Disabled Patriot Fund in his southwest suburban area. Issues Statement: I believe that interest and service to the Bar needs to be presented to prospective lawyers in an effective manner at the earliest possible time in the development of their legal careers. Bar resources should be utilized effectively to the greatest extent possible to develop our law students into active YLD members, and our YLD members into future bar leaders.
Cheri N. Greenlee, Rockford. Solo attorney in private practice concentrating in domestic relations and family law. B.A., Bradley University (1971); J.D., The John Marshall Law School (1975). ISBA activities: Assembly, representing the 17th Circuit (1994-1998, 2007-present); Standing Committee on ARDC (2005-present, current chair). She has been active with the Winnebago County Bar Association, having previously served on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, and as chair of the Family Law Section. Issues Statement: The Board of Governors oversees the operations and management of ISBA. It makes key decisions and formulates policies of the Association. Few individual ISBA members are aware of the issues being decided until after decisions are made. These include how your dues are spent and whether an increase is needed, whether the Association should sponsor or support new legislation, or approve ethics opinions. The Board determines what image we, as an Association, want to project to the non-legal community. When time permits, I want the attorneys within Area 2 to be aware of what issues will be addressed prior to Board of Governors meetings. If advance notice is not possible, there should be timely advice of the decisions which were made. In an effort to improve communication between the Board and individual members of Area 2, I will provide articles to local bar association newsletters so members are kept abreast of pending issues and decisions.
Elizabeth M. Rochford, Lake Forest. Associate Judge of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County (appointed, December 27, 2012). Legal Experience prior to Judicial appointment: Assistant State's Attorney (1986-1989); sole practitioner, trusts and estates and real estate (1989-2012); Commissioner of the Court of Claims (1990-2012); Administrative Law Hearing Officer for local municipalities including Lincolnwood, Skokie, Morton Grove, Glenview (2005-2012). B.A., English, Loyola University of Chicago; J.D., Loyola University School of Law, Chicago. Admitted Illinois (1986). ISBA activities: Task Force on Lawyers Feeding Illinois, and chair of its kick-off at the Mid-year Meeting. Lake County Bar Association: president (2010-2011); current co-chair, Community Outreach Committee; chair, Trusts and Estates Committee (2005-2008); chair of the Real Estate Committee (2005-2007). Volunteer Activities: LCBA Guardianship Help Desk; Volunteer Mediator; Keep Your Home/Loan Modification Assistance Program; Habitat for Humanity; Volunteer Estate Planners; The People's Law School; Lawyers in the Classroom; Adopt A Highway; co-chair, Wills for Heroes; Board of Directors, 100 Club of Chicago; Leader Council, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls; Spirit of 67 Board of Directors. Non-Legal Professional Experience: Adjunct Professor of English, City Colleges of Chicago. Honors/Awards: 19th Judicial Circuit Liberty Bell Award, on behalf of Lake County Bar Association's Guardianship Help Desk (2012); Outstanding Diversity Leader Award, Diversity Scholarship Foundation (2011); Lake County Bar Association Leadership Service Award (2011); Extra Mile Award, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (2010). Married to Michael Striedl, 2 daughters.
Mark W. Simons is a Sole Practitioner in Waukegan, Illinois. His general practice concentrates on domestic relations, mediation, parentage and family law where he represents clients at the trial and appellate level and represents children upon court appointment. Law is his second career. He has a business background to bring to service for the ISBA. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he owned and operated a wholesale electrical distribution business and negotiated contacts in that capacity, amassing experience in a variety of areas and positions, from warehouse to management. B.A., with honors, Illinois State University; M.A., Northwestern University; J.D., with honors, Loyola University of Chicago. ISBA activities: He has been an active member of the ISBA since receiving his license. He served on the Assembly, representing the 19th Judicial Circuit (2008-present); and on the Child Law Section Council (2010-present, current co-coordinator of CLE). He has authored articles on minor guardianship, custody and visitation for the Child Law newsletter. Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation. Lake County Bar Association member, presenting for both the LCBA and their Family Law Committee on representing children and minor guardianships. He is married with two step-daughters and one daughter. Issues Statement: Attracting new members while at the same time serving our existing membership is the most pressing problem the Association faces. I would like the opportunity to work in unison with the Board of Governors and hope that together we will find solutions that will help us grow our Association and benefit our members.
Keith E. Fruehling, Champaign-Urbana. Partner, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. B.S., Finance, University of Illinois, Urbana (1990); J.D., John Marshall Law School, Chicago (1993). Admitted Illinois (1993), United States District Court-IL (all Districts), U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 7th Circuit. ISBA activities: Under 37 Downstate, Board of Governors, (2002-2008); Assembly (2010-present); chair, Assembly Finance Committee (2010-2011); Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law (2002-present, chair, 2007-2009, 2012-present); standing committees on Budget and Audit (2003-2004), Legislation (2009-2012), Scope and Correlation (2004-2005, 2007-2008), and Strategic Marketing (2004-2008); chair, Special Committee on Electronic Research (2003-2004); Ad Hoc Committee on Bar Leadership Conference (2001-2002). His service to the ISBA reached the national stage when he served as an ISBA Delegate to the ABA's House of Delegates from 2000 through 2008. Since 2007, he has served as a reviewer for the ABA's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program designed to benefit minority and financially disadvantaged law students. He served as the president of the Champaign County Bar Association(2001-2002) and on its Board (1998-2002). Keith received the ISBA's Young Lawyer of the Year award in 2002. He was honored by the Chicago Lawyer/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin when they named him as one of Forty Attorneys Under Forty to Watch in 2007. He achieved a peer-reviewed, AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale.
Carey C. Gill, Carbondale, is an associate attorney with the firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP where she concentrates on estate planning, probate litigation, eminent domain, civil litigation, federal tax and other areas of practice. She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for land acquisition for the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources since 2005. B.A., summa cum laude, Monmouth College (1998); J.D., summa cum laude, Southern Illinois School of Law (2001). ISBA activities: Assembly (2007-present); Assembly Finance Committee (2011-present); Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2008-present); CLE liaison to the Federal Taxation and Real Estate Law section councils. Ms. Gill is past president of the Jackson County Bar Association and current chair of its Continuing Legal Education Committee. She is a past officer of the Southern Illinois American Inns of Court. Ms. Gill is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and living trusts. She has written for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal You've Got Mail: Privacy Rights in the Workplace, Vol. 25, Issue 3; and for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Advising Elderly Clients & Their Families 2008 Edition, 2012 Supplement, Chapter 4, Planning for Incapacity: Powers of Attorney, Living Trusts, and Forms of Ownership. She is married to Doug Gill and is the proud mother of Gabriel and Bethany.
Bridget Duignan, Chicago. Associate attorney at Latherow Law Office where she focuses her practice on plaintiff's medical malpractice, construction negligence and personal injury. Former assistant counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael J. Madigan. B.A., Illinois State University; J.D., The John Marshall Law School. ISBA activities: Assembly (2008-present); Tort Law Section Council (2011-present). Other activities: co-chair and legislative liaison for the Chicago Bar Association's Tort Litigation Committee. Co-chair of the Membership Committee, and member of the Legislative and Medical Malpractice committees of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Member of the Women's Bar Association and American Association for Justice. She is a monthly columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Women, Law & Politics, and has authored legal publications for Tort Trends (ISBA), the Trial Journal (ITLA) and the Tort Reporter (CBA). Bridget has lectured at seminars given by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Lorman Education Services. She was born and raised on Chicago's south side and is married to Jose Rivero, also an ISBA member, with two sons, Jose (3) and Finian (2). Issues Statement: I encourage young attorneys to join the ISBA and to become involved in its section councils. Doing so ensures that your voices are heard and your interests are represented not only in Springfield, but throughout the state through the ISBA's seminars and publications.
Anna P. Krolikowska, Northbrook. Partner at K & R Family Legal Services L.L.P. Attorney at law, trained mediator, and collaborative practitioner. Primarily represents clients in family law matters. B.A., Loyola University Chicago; J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law. ISBA activities: Assembly (2009-present); General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section Council (2009-present); Young Lawyers Division Council (2007-present); co-chair, YLD Holiday Party (2009-2011) raising over $35,000.00 for the Children's Assistance Fund supporting children- friendly waiting rooms in courthouses throughout Illinois. ISBA Mutual Insurance Company Marketing Committee; three-year editor, Advocates' Society Newsletter; Justinian Society; Loyola University Chicago Young Alumni Board. Anna is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and teaches an advanced family law seminar. She currently serves as the president of the North Suburban Bar Association. Issues Statement: As an attorney practicing in a small firm and president of a suburban bar association, I am keenly aware of the daily challenges faced by both solo and small firm attorneys, and bar associations aiming to maintain, or increase their current membership. To maintain diverse and active bar association membership, which I believe is vital to professional and business development, bar associations must offer measurable and tangible benefits. I hope to bring my experience as a local bar association leader to the ISBA Board of Governors.
Dennis M. Lynch, Chicago. Associate, The Healy Law Firm. Concentrates in complex personal injury and workers' compensation, and handles all aspects of cases through trial and appeal, including appeals to the Supreme Court of Illinois. B.A., with highest honors, Lewis University; J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Admitted Illinois (2007). ISBA activities: ISBA Tort Law Section Council (2008-present) where he has served as legislative liaison and CLE coordinator. Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation. Frequent invited lecturer and author for ISBA, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Plaintiff's Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and American Association for Justice (AAJ). Board of Directors, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; secretary, AAJ Motorcycle Litigation Group. Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Star (2009-present). Volunteer, American Mock Trial Association.
John C. Wroblewski, Chicago, is an attorney with Jakubs Wigoda, LLP. Mr. Wroblewski has been licensed to practice law since 2005. Approximately 99 percent of his practice is devoted to family law. He is a certified child representative in Cook County. B.B.A. double major in finance and information systems management, Loyola University Chicago; J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. ISBA activities: Assembly (2011-present); Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations–Cook County (2011-present). He is a volunteer judicial investigator for the Alliance of Bar Associations, and former secretary of the Chicago Bar Association's Family Law Committee. He assists younger attorneys in their representation of low income litigants through the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services' "Simple Divorce Mentoring Program." Mr. Wroblewski has been designated as a "rising star" in Illinois Super Lawyer magazine in every year since 2009. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity and Delta Theta Phi, legal fraternity. He also serves as the president of his condominium board of directors in Evanston, where he resides with his wife and three-year-old son.
Angelica W. Wawrzynek, Mattoon. Associate at Hefner, Eberspacher & Tapella, LLC, focusing primarily in federal tort claims, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Former intern for Justice Daniel Schmidt, Third District Appellate Court. B.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law. ISBA activities: Awards Subcommittee chair, Task Force on Lawyers Feeding Illinois (2012-present); Young Lawyers Division (2010-present); co-chair, 15th Annual Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party, a fundraiser for the Children's Assistance Fund. She is a member of the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, American Bar Association, and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. She is also secretary-treasurer of the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association and a member of its Pro Bono Committee.